(BaseballStL) — In a move suggested last night by Mike Matheny, the Cardinals have called up two fresh arms to help a beleaguered and overworked bullpen.
Sam Freeman and Jorge Rondon were moved up, while Eric Fornataro was sent to AAA Memphis and Tyler Lyons was placed on the DL with a left shoulder strain.
Lyons' injury was discovered after he left the game Monday night, when he told trainers he was feeling sore.
"Toward the end of the game I felt it a little bit when I was throwing," he said Tuesday in the clubhouse. "I don’t remember one particular pitch. I noticed more or less warming up in the fourth after sitting in the third. Usually for me at least, I’ve never really felt anything during the game. Once you get heated up and are in the game the soreness is not really there. That’s what made me a little nervous, once you get warmed up and throw it kind of goes away. So that was nothing I experienced before."
Lyons will stay in St. Louis for examination and treatment but said at this point the injury is not believed to be serious.
Fornataro, having thrown two innings and 39 pitches, was a victim of circumstance as he was the most recently worked young reliever and thus the one tagged for an option.
"I was pleased with how he threw and getting his experience up here," said GM John Mozeliak. "I think he benefitted from that and I think he’ll grow from it."
Rondon has never played on the big club since being signed in 2006. The 26-year-old has a 2.51 ERA in Memphis in 2014 with eight strikeouts and 15 hits in 11 games.
Freeman will be making his third trip in three years to St. Louis, having pitched in 24 games in 2012 and 13 games in 2013. His ERA last season was 2.19 in 12 innings for the Cardinals.
Following the club's request, he has worked on simplicity and repeatability, which has netted him 20 strikeouts in 16.2 innings while allowing seven earned runs.
"Trying to simplify things," he said with a smile. "Get back to attacking hitters and let my stuff do the work."